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Douglas SBD-3 'Dauntless'

Description
  Manufacturer:Douglas


Control Panel
  Base model:SBD
  Designation:SBD
  Version:-3
  Nickname:Dauntless
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1934-1946
  Basic role:Scout Bomber
 
 
 

Specifications
  Length: 32' 8" 9.9 m
  Height:13' 7" 4.1 m
  Wingspan: 4P' 6" 1.3 m
  Gross Weight: 9,407 lb 4,266 kg

Propulsion
  Powerplant: Wright R-1820-52
  Horsepower (each): 1000

Performance
  Max Speed: 250 mph 402 km/h 217 kt
  Ceiling: 27,100 ft 8,259 m

Known serial numbers
4518 / 4691, 03185 / 03384, 06492 / 06701

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Kalamazoo Aviation History MuseumKalamazooMichigan
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
USS Lexington Museum On The BayCorpus ChristiTexas

SBD-3 on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation

USS Lexington Museum On The Bay
   


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Brent
 , IL
You didn't mention the nickname that I heard for the SBD. Slow But Deadly.
04/10/2010 @ 09:10 [ref: 26002]
 Sherry Click Giordano
 Front Royal, VA
I forgot to mention tht my dad was 16 or 17 at the time he got to be w/Boyington's Squadron. He wasn't an ace due to his young age. He was at Guadalcanal and told me of THE SLOT!
Once again,
Sherry Click Giordano Daddy: Percy Click
02/22/2010 @ 06:45 [ref: 25767]
 Sherry Click Giordano
 Front Royal, VA
I know that my father, Percy Click, also flew the SB Dauntless. He was w/the 4th Air Wing 21, VMF 214,VMR Guam and VMSB 151. The names he mentioned are Major Stanley Bailey, and Capt. Thomas R. Merritt one of which was on The Franklin. I tried to find them, I think, years ago through NCOA, which my husband was a major part of. Daddy passed in 2002 but went on to be w/Va. State Police. He was then Asst. Special in Charge of the Virginia State Police. I wish I knew more to help.
A Very Proud Daughter,
Sherry
02/22/2010 @ 06:36 [ref: 25766]
 Clark C. McClelland, USN ScO
 , FL
I have been watching the Enterprise Rent a Car TV series concerning the Battle of Midway and Guadalcanal.
I recently spoke with one of the hero's of Midway, Captain Norman "Dusty" Kleiss, Naval Aviator, now age 92!
Captain Kleiss had three damaging SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber hits on the Japanese Carriers, Kaga and Hiryu and the heavy cruiser, Mikuma. His hit on the carrier Hiryu blew it's forward elevator off and it sailed over the superstructure!
This HERO of the USA was presented the Navy Cross for his actions.
A PROUD moment for me!
Clark C. McClelland, USN/ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, Kennedy Space Center, Florida 1958 to 1992.

03/16/2008 @ 12:07 [ref: 20045]
 Chris Henderson
 , MA
Today, Father's Day, I posted a photo of my Dad Cheif Petty Officer H.C. "Chet" Henderson in the Rear Gunner Seat of what I believe was an SBD-3. It had a number 41 on the side. My Dad served in WWII on the USS Lexington and the USS Bon Homme Richard. I would like to confirm the aircraft type and get some information about it. My email address is chetmax@charter.net. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
06/17/2007 @ 16:05 [ref: 16863]
 Chris Henderson
 , MA
Today, Father's Day, I posted a photo of my Dad Cheif Petty Officer H.C. "Chet" Henderson in the Rear Gunner Seat of what I believe was an SBD-3. It had a number 41 on the side. My Dad served in WWII on the USS Lexington and the USS Bon Homme Richard. I would like to confirm the aircraft type and get some information about it. My email address is chetmax@charter.net. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
06/17/2007 @ 16:04 [ref: 16862]
 nathan
 sicily, OTH
the sbd was the best airplane of its time with a popularity raiting extremely high. in the battle of midway it showed its gret talent and later sinking four whole japanese aircraft carriers in one day. even though it had very slow rate of climb it was a very efficient dive bomber.
06/05/2007 @ 01:15 [ref: 16738]
 Charles F. Myers Sr.
 Portland, TX
The # of the Douglas Dauntless SBD-3 on the USS Lexington is 06694. It was in Lake Mich. for 50 years before being given to the Lady Lex. Anyone who knows any of it's history PLEASE email me.
10/26/2006 @ 08:25 [ref: 14570]
 bj publicover
 kennesaw, GA
such a great looking plane with alot of history and i like world war planes !
09/11/2005 @ 09:16 [ref: 11196]
 Dale A. Wood
 , AL
There is also a Douglas SBD Dauntless on display in the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. I don't know which "dash number" it is. It is there in a very good display of naval carrier aviation in WW-II.
01/15/2005 @ 19:19 [ref: 9152]

 
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